NFC Notes: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks

     

Cardinals

  • Cardinals’ HC Kliff Kingsbury said he thinks 2019 fourth-round WR Hakeem Butler has a chance to still be a good player but it “wasn’t working here” so they elected to release him: “Sometimes it’s better for both sides to have a fresh start.” (Darren Urban)
  • Per ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake said the walking boot wasn’t an issue but he missed more practice at the end of camp after coming down with an illness. 

Rams

Rams’ HC Sean McVay mentioned that the team has several contracts that they are currently working on with some of the top players on the team, including CB Jalen Ramsey and WR Cooper Kupp.

“I think you know from covering us the last couple of years, those things, if we’re able to get something done, it’s usually right in these next couple of days is that window of time that’s kind of been consistent for some of our guys,” McVay said, via Pro Football Talk. “So, there’s a couple of key players that of ours that we are still working and whether or not we’re able to get that done, we remain optimistic. That’s where we’re at with that. No further updates on any of those contract status with some of our players.”

  • Per ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, Rams GM Les Snead confirmed negotiations between the team and Ramsey are ongoing. He added the team philosophy is to “always continue” even into the regular season unless the agent wants to stop.
  • McVay said the team is optimistic about RB Darrell Henderson‘s progress back from a hamstring injury but they still will be asking a lot of second-round RB Cam Akers right away. (Jourdan Rodrigue)
  • McVay called RB Malcolm Brown “steady” and added he has “what you want for a veteran leader.” As for Akers, McVay said he is “continuing to get better.” He adds the team has “a three-back rotation that you feel really good about.” (Thiry)
  • McVay was asked if he knew which running back will get the first series of snaps on Sunday: “I do not yet. We might go with five wide-set, no backs, or we might put all three backs on the field and then two other skill guys. You never know.” 

Seahawks

  • Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll mentioned that he talked to free agent Jadeveon Clowney throughout his offseason process and said that Clowney: “[D]idn’t get near the amount that he wanted as it turned out. Our offers early on didn’t look attractive to him.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Carroll also mentions that the Seahawks’ were having “good amicable conversations” with Clowney and added, “We were in it the whole time.” (John Boyle)
  • Carroll added that OL Ethan Pocic is going to be the team’s starter at center for Week 1. (Crabtree)
  • As for WR Phillip Dorsett, Carroll says there is “every indication” he will be okay and ready to play against the Falcons after missing time with a sore foot. (Bob Condotta)
  • Seahawks WR Josh Gordon‘s deal is for one-year and includes a $910,000 base salary, $52,500 roster bonus upon reinstatement and up to $80,000 in per-game roster bonuses. The deal qualifies for the veteran salary benefit. (Brady Henderson)
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